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March 2007 Issue

Kenneth Davis, MD, (second row, far right) is showcased in a new National Library of Medicine exhibit.
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Exhibit Recognizes UC Surgeons

By Amanda Harper
Published March 2007

Trauma surgeons Kenneth Davis, MD, and Karyn Butler, MD, are among the 17 black academic surgeons and educators from across the United States showcased in a new National Library of Medicine exhibit.

The exhibit, “Opening Doors: Contemporary African-American Academic Surgeons,” is on display at the National Library of Medicine and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History and Culture now through May 31.

“Surgeons like Dr. Davis and Dr. Butler exemplify excellence in their fields and they believe in continuing that journey of excellence through education and mentoring of young African-Americans pursuing medical careers,” says exhibit cocurator Jill Newmark.

“We hope this exhibit provides a glimpse into the accomplishments and contributions of African-American academic surgeons to medicine and medical education.”

Davis is a professor of surgery and clinical anesthesia and vice chair of UC’s surgery department. He also serves as assistant dean for diversity and cultural affairs for the College of Medicine.

Butler is an associate professor at UC. Her current research focuses on myocardial ischemia and reperfusion injury—the loss or reduction in blood flow to part of the muscular tissue of the heart and the resulting injury.

Both Davis and Butler treat trauma patients as part of the University Hospital trauma team.

“It’s imperative that we showcase African-American talent to encourage the next generation of African-American surgeons and surgeon-scientists,” says Butler. “This exhibit is a critical step towards improving ethnic diversity in surgery.”

For more information on the exhibit, visit

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